February 2, 2012Kitchen Clean Up Duty in Mom’s 1950s Time Capsule Condo
By Sara In AZ
So y’all, we need to do some serious cleaning in the kitchen this week. Does anyone want to come over and help me???
You can see we still have a disaster on our hands.
First off, Mike had to replace each and every water shut-off valve in the condo. You see, none of the shut-offs actually worked anymore. So, say we had a toilet about to overflow – well that meant it was going to overflow everywhere. ugh. This meant a lot of time with no water on at all inside of the condo. Not fun, because I was pretty much covered in paint while Mike was replacing the valves and I needed to use the water a lot. We made it through somehow though! I’m glad there were only 5 shut-off valves to replace inside of the condo, but it still took time because Mike wanted to solder on new cooper fittings to make it easier to replace the shut-offs in the future. Whew, I was glad when that was done, but I am pretty sure Mike was even happier!
Then we had to replace the wooden cabinet bottom inside the sink base cabinet. After years of leaky pipes the old wooden sink base was literally falling apart. It was in splinters and probably would have caved in very soon. We did not want to replace it with just another piece of wood, so we looked around Home Depot and saw they had these Melamine covered Particleboard sheets for sale. YAY! It would work perfectly AND would not rot out if there was any plumbing leaks.
So, here Mike is installing it………Go Mike!
Here he is carefully nailing the Melamine in, the paper is there so he does not scuff up the cabinet with the hammer.
I have to say Mom was quite thrilled with the new melamine base inside her sink cabinet!
Onto the cabinets………………………………..
Mom was really super worried about the original wooden cabinets inside of the condo. She kept on insisting that there was probably nothing at all that could be done with them, and they would always look horrible until they were completely refinished (you can kind of see the dirt around all of the knobs in the above pic, taken right after Mom bought the condo).
Y’all know me and it seems I am always refinishing something, but there was NO WAY in HE double hockey-sticks I was going to even touch these cabinets with a sander.
Here are some pictures of the grime-laden cabinets. eeks!!!
I knew these cabinets had to be covered with years of grime because this place was a rental for the past 53 years. I thought to myself, “What is the best grime cleaner I know?” Why Formula 409, of course! See, the bottle even says it too “Cuts through tough grease AND grime”!
I hereby abolish every piece of grime from this condo!
So I got myself a bottle of Formula 409 and went to town! I cleaned the outside of the cabinets, I cleaned the inside of the cabinets, I cleaned my heart out.
I knew the wooden cabinets would need some conditioning after the hard core cleaning, so I got my hands on some Howard Feed-N-Wax and went to town.
I have to say the Feed-N-Wax works better than I could have ever expected! Yay Feed-N-Wax!!!
Here is a side by side comparison of clean doors, the left has Feed-N-Wax and the right side does not. Amaze-balls huh!
Here is another view of the side by side comparison.
It’s just crazy how different it looks isn’t it? It almost looks new!
Sooooooo, I went over every door with the Feed-N-Wax and here are some after shots!
Its almost crazy how nice the cabinets look now!
When Mom walked in and saw the cabinets all cleaned up and shining pretty she was stunned! Formula 409 and Feed-N-Wax saved the day! YAY!
It’s going to be a BIG week next week y’all, the new flooring gets installed! Come back next Thursday to see what kind of flooring Mom went with. Hmmmmmmm, what could it be? Any guesses?